November 14, 2019 Charlie’s Angels (Movie Review)
Living in a world dominated by masculine agendas, women empowerment is a topic often addressed in many creative such as such, and of course, film. So, who can think of better portrayal of this then latest Charlie’s Angels film which features a new trio of women crime fighters, private eyes, and assassins dubbed as Angels?
Set for release in theaters everywhere on Friday, November 15th through Columbia Pictures, 2019’s Charlie’s Angels marks the third film in the series, and the first since 2003’s Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Originally premiering back in 1976 and running through 1981 as a very popular television series, the latest installment in the franchise acts as a continuation of the previous two films – 2000’s Charlie’s Angels and the aforementioned 2003 Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
A long overdue sequel that development began for back in 2015 after Sony Pictures opted to reboot the franchise following the cancellation of the 2011 television reboot, it is written and directed by Elizabeth Banks (Scrubs series, The Hunger Games series) who also plays a big role as a former Angel turned Bosley which is basically a boss rank for their missions. It should be mentioned that Charlie himself has since passed away, and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation series, X-Men 2000) steps in to dominate the role of the latest head of the crew, John Bosley. There are a few other Bosleys along the journey and the premise of the mission revolves around a scientific development gone awry.
One employee of the company, a smart scientist named Elena Houghlin (Naomi Scott: Power Ranges 2017, Aladdin 2019) who owns the invention trying to rectify the problem, ends up fighting under the wings of the other two Angels caught up in the mission. These other two Angels are Sabina Wilson and Jane Kano – very well played by Kristen Stewart (Twilight series, Snow White and the Huntsman 2012) and Ella Balinska (The Hunted 2016, The Athena series) respectively.
These factors in mind, on the whole, 2019’s Charlie’s Angels can not compete in story or character development to its predecessors, but it certainly speaks to the mainstream modern world in wit. Additionally, the soundtrack features a main theme song which is a collaborative effort from Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, and Miley Cyrus, a factor which gets some fans extra pumped for the action. Adding to the feel of the film, the costumes designed by Kym Barrett (The Matrix 1999, Aquaman 2018) is magnificent and it adds a taste of the wealthy life bringing in the brightest of modern hues. This is while locations selected for shooting are plentiful and extremely convincing as well.
Overall, watching the film drown in modern idiosyncrasy creates a huge rift in time when contemplating the olden days, but nonetheless, the time is now. Charlie’s Angels appears very take it or leave it in its agenda, but a few good actors, a large budget, and an adventurous past reputation saves the day. As previously mentioned, the underlying theme seems to revolve around a women versus men agenda – something that can be a bit taxing in its repetition, save for the cute bond between the Angels that actually sparks a peaceful emotion as a viewer.
All in all, the latest Charlie’s Angels cater to the young, restless, and rich society, but all while opening minds. All aspects considered, Cryptic Rock gives 2019’s Charlie’s Angels 3.5 out of 5 stars.